ArtsFirst 2012 welcomes record number of high school students to campus
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The students had no idea what lay ahead of them when they walked into Felde’s studio, but they proceeded to work on all facets of magazine production and completed the project in a few short hours.
Felde’s workshop was part of ArtsFirst 2012, a free, one-day career event held specifically for young visual artists in their junior year of high school. A record 110 students participated this year in ArtsFirst, held on May 23 at The Art Institute of Boston (AIB) at Lesley University.
“We want to give them a taste of what art college is like, and open career pathways in art and design,” said Diana Arcadipone, Associate Dean in the Office of Extended Programs at AIB. “We want to teach high school juniors about the possibility of attending a professional art college, and more importantly what careers are available within the disciplines they love.”
In the Drawing Still Life workshop, 16-year-old Stephanie Arnal perched on a stool and worked with intense focus as she sketched a still life of a skeleton clad in a pink gown, a striking display orchestrated by Associate Professor Arlene Grossman.
“This is the best thing ever. I’d love to do this for the rest of my life,” said Stephanie, a student at Chelmsford High School. “High school is more rigid and strict. It’s more intense here, but more fun.”
During ArtsFirst, AIB faculty members and alumni engaged students in hands-on workshops in design, illustration, photography, animation, computer graphics and fine arts - including young visual artists like Caroline Conley from Braintree High School.
“I would like to be a freelance artist, but I wouldn’t mind being an art teacher or working as an animator,” Caroline mused as she created an illustration of outer space atop a light box during the Animation workshop. “I applied to my teacher to come to this, and I’m really glad. It’s actually really cool. I’ve been to other programs with students teachers, and you don’t get as much out of it.”
The workshops were followed by a panel discussion with AIB alumni who highlighted their experiences and careers since graduation.
The alumni presenters included Photography Alumna Paris Visone, who shared stories of her work photographing bands on tour including Blondie, Godsmack and Stained; and Animation Alumnus Geoff Marian, who discussed his work with CloudKid animation, and Soup2Nuts Animation Studio working on programs like WordGirl.
“Being in animation is great. Really anything you can imagine is possible,” Marian said to the students. “I feel very fortunate to be in this field.”
About ArtsFirst 2012
The Art Institute of Boston has been hosting ArtsFirst since 2003, raising funds to support it every year so that students can enjoy the experience free of charge. AIB receives applications through high school art teachers’ recommendations, and enrollment in the one-day program has more than doubled since its inception, according to Arcadipone.
Students in ArtsFirst 2012 participated in the following workshops:
AIB also offers a variety of more comprehensive College Courses for High
School Students, which enable young artists to work in a college
environment with professional artists.
ArtsFirst 2012 was made
possible by the following supporters: The Ralph Bradley Prizes, The
Associated Grant Makers Summer Fund, The Hawkridge Foundation, The
Fuller Foundation, and individual benefactors.
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